Originally posted on Seed Spitters  |  Last updated 6/7/13
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courtesy of NBC Bay Area The current All-Star voting snub of Josh Donaldson goes to show stats nerds and WAR geeks do not select the mid-summer classic’s roster. Donaldson, who ranks in the top 10 of every major offensive statistical category for third baseman in MLB, has not even cracked the top five in the All-Star voting. We all know there is an element of popularity that plays into the voting, but to overlook a guy who has gone out and played the game the way it is supposed to be played and has helped bring respect back to a once feared franchise, is a travesty. No matter how you slice it, Donaldson is being robbed. Ahead of Donaldson in the count in order of votes are Miguel Cabrera, Manny Machado, Adrian Beltre, Evan Longoria and Kevin Youkilis. Now there is no debating against Cabrera who is on what looks to be a historical pace for RBI and quite possibly a second straight Triple Crown, which has only been done twice and not since Ted Williams did it 56 years ago. The rest of the field leaves room to argue. Outside of Cabrera, no other player in the top five has a higher WAR than Donaldson’s 2.7. While Machado has more hits, Donaldson ranks second among AL third baseman only to Cabrera in batting average at .332 and on-base percentage. If there is one area Donaldson may fall short, it is on the defensive side. Both Longoria and Machado have slightly higher fielding percentages, but Donaldson has had 17 more total chances than Longoria, 22 more than Beltre and Youkilis is not even on the radar in any category. Individual stats are great, but the fact Donaldson has his team 11 games over .500 says a lot about what his leadership has meant to a team on the rise. Last season, Donaldson split time between triple-A Sacramento and the big league club, but the converted catcher secured a place at third base toward the end of last season when Brandon Inge went down with an injury. Since that time, the A’s have gone from cellar dwellers of the AL West to division champions. Now the team has one of the best records in baseball. Donaldson is quite simply of victim of playing in the west outside of Los Angeles. There is no other explanation at this point. Maybe it is because not all the “well informed” fans that vote stay up for the 7:05 p.m. Pacific Time first pitch, which is when the A’s usually play. With less than a month left before voting closes, it will be no surprise if Donaldson ends up having to buy his own ticket to attend the All-Star game. To vote for Donaldson and other Athletics into the All-Star game, click here and vote up to 25 times per email address. Do it.
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